PreS-Gr 1-- Four fables adapted from folktales, previously published as single editions, are gathered here into a newly illustrated volume. A lamb questions many things before determining that he is The Strongest One of All (Greenwillow, 1977; o.p.); an envious goose trades various parts of himself with other birds until a flock of geese ask, What Kind of Bird Is That? (Crown, 1973; o.p.). Where Does the Sun Go at Night? (Greenwillow, 1980) retains the songlike quality of this Armenian lullaby. The Fox and the Hare (Crown, 1969; o.p.) are neighbors until the fox takes over the hare's wooden house. The pen-and-watercolor drawings are simplified versions of those in the original books, resulting in cleaner, more open pages. As is typical of the artists' work, bright, incongruous colors prevail in their depiction of expressive, animated creatures. A pleasant new look at these stories, although not a necessary purchase if the older titles are still around. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
A collection of four of Ginsburg's previously published animal fables--"The Strongest One of All," "What Kind of Bird Is That?" "Where Does the Sun Go at Night?" and "The Fox and the Hare"--newly illustrated by the popular team of Aruego and Dewey ("We Hide, You Seek" , "Owliver" , etc.). The simple, spare stories are well served by the bouncy, bright illustrations. The artists' characterizations of the animals are amusing; particularly deft are those of the innocent, and in the end, exuberant, lamb in "The Strongest One of All" and the silly, envious goose who "improves" himself beyond all recognition in "What Kind of Bird Is That?" "Where Does the Sun Go at Night?" is less a story than a question-and-answer-pattern dialogue, and thus is better suited for a younger audience than are the other three stories. However, the compilation will make a cheery addition to the folktale collection for preschoolers.